Gloriavale wins reprieve
West Coast milk processor Westland Milk Products has been ordered by the High Court to continue picking milk from three dairy farms associated with the Gloriavale community.
The company’s argument that Gloriavale-owned Canaan Farms employed children to do farm work and processing their milk affected relationships with major customers was thrown out by Justice Jan-Marie Doogue.
Justice Doogue granted Canaan Farms an injuction that requires Westland to continue picking milk from Bell Hill, Gloriavale and Glen Hopeful farms pending further order of the Court.
The injunction is subject to the condition that Canaan does not employ any minors or associate partners under the age of 18 on its farms.
A Westland spokesperson told Rural News that the Chinese-owned processor acknowledged the decision of the High Court.